Toronto cranes: videos show shots fired from moving vehicles

Videos of two of several shootings in the Toronto area over the weekend involving tow trucks show bullets fired from moving vehicles and hitting trucks.

In one case, surveillance videos taken Saturday show a pickup truck with a towing company stickers slowly stopping in the middle of the intersection of Markham Road and Munham Gate, and the driver is injured.

And in another case, dash cam video shows a window rolling down of a passing black Honda Civic, and several gunshots can be heard as the driver brakes and radios for help.

“Hey, someone shot at my truck,” the driver can be heard saying in the video.

A still image of the dash cam footage can be seen above.

It’s the latest flare-up in a turf war in an industry riven by organized crime, as players fight over lucrative towing fees, as well as repair and storage charges that can generate big profits.

The attack captured on dash cam video took place on Markham Road, just south of Highway 401, at 8 p.m. Saturday. No one was hurt there, but it was a prelude to a violent weekend.

Just two hours later, police were called to the area of ​​Finch Avenue East and Markham Road for a similar incident.

Then on Sunday around 5 p.m., police say they found a man with a gunshot wound. The video suggests that it is the driver of the truck. Paramedics said they transported one patient to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The suspect fled in a vehicle, police said in a post on X. Police do not have a description available for this individual at this time. Witnesses CTV News spoke to said they heard about three gunshots.

Early Monday morning, Durham Regional Police said they were investigating a fire at a trailer yard at Altona Road and Kingston Road as arson.

A major figure in a lawsuit against towing companies, Alexander Vinogradsky, was shot to death in March.

The Toronto Police Service said in a statement: “Police are investigating incidents of threatening behavior and firearms, including incidents that took place this weekend.”

“The public has the right to decide who tows their vehicle and where they tow it. If possible, drivers should ask the tow operator for a destination of their choice. Anyone with concerns about illegal tow truck operation can report it to the City of Toronto through 311. If the driver has committed a criminal offense, they should report it to the police and, if it is an emergency, they should contact the 911. Toronto Police continue to work with our law enforcement partners to disrupt these groups,” the statement said.